Bible Reading: James 2.13
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2.13
Mercy is victorious over judgment. That is truly the great victor cry of the redeemed in Christ. As we look forward to future grace we know that when we see the Lord, mercy will reign for believers and judgment becomes a time when eternal rewards are given, for our judgment took place as the cross.
There is a strong word and warning in this verse calling for something of the believer’s life and that is mercy. If you have received the mercy of God then you should show mercy and compassion to others, for love triumphs over partiality. Jesus says, Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy (Matthew 5.7). The words of Christ and James, both lead to this conclusion and therefore a warning is to be heeded: If one does not demonstrate mercy and compassion to others, then it demonstrates that they have never responded to the great mercy of God.
As Christians, we will be known by our fruit. True faith has matching works, so therefore those who have responded to the mercy of God will be merciful to others. As a result, we do not look toward death and seeing Christ with fear, but with joyful expectation because mercy triumphs judgment.
Pray and ask the Lord to help you be more merciful and compassionate like Him today.
Weekly Memory Verse: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.2